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Cannes

Ground: Stade Pierre de Coubertin

Visits: 1

Date: 23rd February 2013

Match: Cannes - Rodez  (Match was postponed but I took some pictures anyway!)

 

As I wrote in the Nice vs Stade de Reims report there is always one Ligue 2 match being played on Saturday afternoons (and one on Monday evenings). This year it is mostly Monaco and Nantes that are shown live on TV. Staying in Nice I was of course hoping for the Monaco vs Lens to be the one on the Saturday. Unfortunately that was not to be the case. Instead I looked elsewhere and decided to go to a CFA (level 4) match in Cannes. Cannes is only 40 minutes by local train from Nice so it was not a complicated trip. There was plenty of rain showers in Nice this Saturday morning and I only did a short sightseeing trip of the city centre. I left for Cannes around 2pm and upon arriving I could notice much more persistent rain in Cannes than in Nice. AS Cannes play their matches at Stade Pierre de Coubertin, a ground with two big stands and and an overall capacity of 7 000. Stade Pierre de Coubertin is situated in Cannes-La Bocca which was 15-20 minutes by local bus from Cannes train station. Once at the ground I could yet again sneak in but unfortunately I was unable to take any pictures of the West Stand. As I understand it AS Cannes use only this stand for their matches which might explain why I couldn´t access the East Stand.

 

After some short sightseeing in Cannes city centre (some impressive boats in the harbour!) I had something to eat before once again making the bus trip to Stade Pierre de Coubertin. Kick-off was at 20.00 and by 19.10 two elderly men arrived in the small ticket office. 10 and 6 Euros were the prices for adults. Some fans tried to buy a ticket but failed. After a while I asked someone why the gates were not open. "Maybe Annule" was the answer. Apparently all the rain demanded a pitch inspection and at 19.30 the match was called off. Very annoying for me but this was the least important match on the trip and a match I can probably be without, still annoying and disappointing though. I was back in Nice by 9pm and could look back on a memorable trip. OGC Nice will have a new stadium ready in June this year and I guess I can re-visit Stade Pierre de Coubertin when I go to Allianz Riviera, as Nice´s new stadium will be called, sometime in the near future.

 

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Cannes harbour

 

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Palais des Festivals de Cannes

 

east stand, rear

Rear of the East Stand

 

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Ticket office

 

north end

North End

 

east stand

East Stand

 

south end

South End

 

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Pano